Knowledge of visitor interpretation/Activities/Signs

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Signs - understanding them


Looking at different signs/symbols and their interpretation


Information Signs

In groups of (3)

Information boards on tracks are often used to communicate rules and warnings. They must command attention and appeal for people to take notice of them.

Think about some of the warning signs you have seen, what if anything made you first look at them and then read them. Was it the use of simple direct language?

People often have more respect for rules if they know the reasons for them.

Exercise 1:

Draw the following sign - relating the following message (remember to explain why). You must use both words and pictures

Do not drink the water from this stream

and another sign

please do not feed the Keas

remember to explain why

Exercise 2:

Use graphics and universal symbols to create the following sign

Ross Creek Track

No bikes, No camping, No fires, No dumping rubbish, No fishing, No shooting, No swimming, Dogs on leads only

Exercise 3:

Create a message pyramid

(Take students out to look at interpretive panels at Otago Polytechnic)

Using the 3-30-3 Rule (a descending order of message importance eg. Visitors can receive a message in three seconds, thirty seconds, or three minutes) - create an interpretive panel sign providing information for visitors who want to ride the Otago Central Railtrail.

Complete in the form of a poster (paper supplied)

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